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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Sally Mayeux, NM, USA
Report Number 2605
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas (prior trips), Bonaire, Utila, Saba, Cozumel, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on the boat with 500 lbs. psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
I was part of a group who chartered the entire boat.  Experience of group
members ranged from instructor to first-time in ocean.  The boat is showing
wear, and is reportedly scheduled for refurbishment soon.  Rooms were
small, spare, but comfortable.   The diving was varied from shallow (20
ft.) to deep (90 ft.), wrecks (Theo's Wreck, Hesperus), flat coral mounts,
and mini-walls.  The crew did an excellent job of varying the sites.  Dive
briefings were detailed.  Divers could stay with a divemaster or dive their
own plan.  There were always 4 divemasters assisting with each dive - 1 or
2 in the water, 2 or 3 on the deck during the dive.  Crew was very
accommodating with assistance with gear and cameras.   When dolphins showed
up unexpectedly, the crew quickly changed the plan to allow a swim with the
dolphins.  Despite the efforts of the crew, the dive deck is not big enough
for 32 divers at the same time.  Also, smaller sites (e.g., Hesperus)
quickly became stirred up with virtually zero visibility.  Arminda provided
excellent food.  Breakfast was juice, fresh fruit, cold cereals, bagels and
toast plus hot dish - eggs, pancakes, etc., with warm cookies each morning
for dive break.   Lunch was filling and varied.  Hors d'oeuvres daily
mid-afternoon.  Dinner always included fresh salads, hot breads, and
luscious desserts.   The crew was uniformly friendly and helpful.  However,
I was not pleased with the in-your-face tip request (demand?) at the end of
the trip.  
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